Outdoor Dining Updates
Temporary Outdoor Dining Extended through December 31, 2021
At the Governor’s request, the San Mateo City Council extended the temporary outdoor dining program through December 31, 2021. The continuation of outdoor dining was approved to help promote public health and economic vitality.
Temporary outdoor dining permits expire September 30, 2021. Businesses that wish to extend their current temporary outdoor dining permit through December 31, 2021 must request an extension. Businesses must submit an updated certificate of insurance with endorsement and temporary parklet permit application to Jennifer Chen (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Businesses that want to keep their current temporary outdoor dining through December 31, 2021 and use a permanent parklet for outdoor dining after January 1, 2022 will need to submit 1) the request for the extension and 2) apply for a Parklet Encroachment Permit (see more information below).
The City will not issue any new temporary outdoor dining permits. New businesses that would like to participate in the City's outdoor dining program must apply for a Parklet Encroachment Permit and follow the new Parklet Program Guidelines.
Parklet Program after January 1, 2022
In order to retain outdoor dining in the right-of-way after January 1, 2022, businesses must apply for the Parklet Encroachment Permit by October 15, 2021 and conform to the Parklet Program Guidelines. Businesses should carefully review the Parklet Program Guidelines as they might need to make modifications to existing structures in order to comply with the guidelines.
Businesses that do not wish to participate in the Parklet Program need to remove all items from their outdoor dining areas by January 1, 2022. This includes removal of built structures, platforms, railings, chairs, tables, tents, heating devices, nails, bolts and any items in the public right-of-way. All businesses are responsible for removing all personal items and returning the parking spaces to their previous condition. Barring unforeseen circumstances with COVID, the City will remove all white, water-filled barricades surrounding the parklets in January 2022.
Businesses that do not submit a Parklet Encroachment Permit for outdoor dining, but continue to use their current built space would initiate revocation of the permit in accordance with San Mateo Municipal Code Section 17.08.100. Without a valid Parklet Encroachment Permit, the parklet in the public right-of-way will constitute a Municipal Code violation and the City will pursue any and all legal remedies available in Chapter 1.04 of the San Mateo Municipal Code.
If you have questions, please Jennifer Chen, Economic Development Manager at 650-522-7009 or email@example.com
New Rounds of Grant Awards for California’s Relief Grant Program
The State has released additional round of funds for California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program. Existing eligible applicants who were waitlisted in previous rounds do not need to reapply.
New Applicants Application window: Thursday, September 9th through Thursday, September 30th.
Additional information can be found at CAReliefGrant.com